South Wisconsin District - LCMS
Witness Always
"For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree."
1 John 5:7-8 (ESV)
April 28, 2014
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June 9-13, 2014

This year, I've made the rounds to regional principal meetings as well as morning devotions to meet with many of your staff. During this time, I've lifted up the health and wellness of our church workers and the importance of being proactive rather than reactive. No longer can we afford to ignore this important aspect to our ministry if it is our desire to affective.


Earlier this week, I was with the faculty and staff at Lake Country Lutheran High School. This group of teachers get it! No, they may not be attending the Grace Place event in June, but they've taken a monumental step to begin identifying where they need help and support - as simple (and really it's not that simple) sharing personal struggles and asking for prayers amongst their colleagues! I believe self identification is a necessary step to a more healthy and productive ministry.


As summer break approaches, challenge yourself and your teachers to stay in the Word, spend time with family and friends - reconnect, exercise, eat healthy, find an accountability partner (mine is back in Colorado - we connect on a monthly basis), etc... Be proactive and see the benefits!


Blessings as you finish the year strong!



nlsaNLSA Reports
 Click below for a summary of reporting requirements and due dates for
Cumulative, Self-Study and Visiting Team Reports.

All reports must include a Face Sheet.
pollexRuth Pollex/DR Mission Update

Below are some of the events of this month and the April Newsletter (PDF) which you can share with your congregation. Thank you for your prayers.


Amongst other news I have been talking to Pastor Krey, the LCMS missionary and Regional Director for the area, about returning for another year. I am using this method of communication to let you know of this opportunity to continue supporting me in this partnership, to improve the education and lives of the families of the communities in which our Lutheran churches are located, so they can be a lighthouse of truth pointing all to our Saviour, Jesus.


Some goals that have been accomplished in my role as Educational specialist:

  • organization and coordination of a school board
  • completion of a government required school document - which we wrote with the Education team, and which states our identity, mission and vision as a Lutheran school
  • observation and evaluation of teachers
  • organization of April workshop and led short workshops with teachers in December and March
  • future goals: lead more workshops with teachers and help them in their individual planning

I also serve on the mission team as a musician, playing the piano at 3 church services each week, and giving classes to 6 members at the missions in Palmar Arriba and Pueblo Nuevo.


It has been a joy for me to serve here in the Dominican this past year, and I look forward to continuing serving God here, along with your prayers and support.  Thank you for partnering with me in this work!  


April Newsletter 


Peace in Christ,



Jill Biden Helps Celebrate 325 Years of Quaker Education

In 1689, William Penn established a school in Philadelphia "at the request, cost, and charges of the people called Quakers."  Three hundred twenty-five years later, on April 24, 2014, the "people called Quakers" celebrated the birth and growth of Friends education in the United States at the historic Arch Street Meeting House in Philadelphia.

Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden (center of photo) offered moving testimony on the influence of Friends education on her own family.  Find out what she said in the May issue of CAPE Outlook.


Also in the May Outlook:

  • Taking the Life of the Soul Seriously: What Schools Teach Us About Religious Life
  • What Happens When Charter Schools Fill the Space of Religious Schools?
  • Choice-apalooza
  • Jewish Schools Ascend in NYC
  • Green Ribbon Schools
  • And much more
Around the District
ortosa Our Redeemer, Wauwatosa Ranked #20

Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Wauwatosa, WI ranked #20 in the article titled "The 50 Best Middle Schools in the U.S." by TheBestSchools.org.


Here is the link to that article:



TheBestSchools.org selected ORLS based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, NAEP scores, state assessment scores, received awards and rankings, geographical diversity, and reputation.

Sunday, April 27 was an amazing day for our LUMIN ministry.
  • 10 members of our Pilgrim school family were baptized this morning; eight students, a parent and a sibling. Many members of our LUMIN and school staff were present to witness the event and join in the celebration. Praise God for the work of Pastor Paul Peckman, Pamela Amling and all our Pilgrim teachers and staff. Please click on the below link to see some great pictures (courtesy of Deb Heiden).        Photo slide show  
  • 28 members of our Granville school family worshiped this morning in the school's chapel as Berea Lutheran Church's outreach initiative is gaining traction under the leadership of Pastor Jeff Mueller. Trenae Howard, Kathy Mimis and all our Granville teachers are working hard to establish Berea/Granville as a regular worship site.
ORdelavanOur Redeemer, Delavan

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with School, Delavan, has won the


Pack'er Up Donation Challenge.  


This was a contest run by Goodwill to promote bringing donations to their store.
Our Redeemer brought in 106,893 items to win the challenge and
 receive a visit from Donald Drive (date to be announced).


 eventsUpcoming Events

May 15 - NLSA Annual and Visiting Team Reports due

May 15 - Student Financial Aid forms due at the District office 
June 9-13 - Lutheran Church Workers Couples Retreat, Heartland Retreat Center, Trego, WI
June 20 - SWD Youth and Family Day at Noah's Ark

August 1 - Early Childhood Literacy Festival, Concordia University Wisconsin

August 8 - New Worker Orientation, District Office

September 12 - Pre-Retirement Workshop - Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Sun Prairie

September 13 - Pre-Retirement Workshop - District office

September 22 - Parent Event with Dr. Tim Elmore, Milwaukee Lutheran High School

September 23 - Administrators' Conference, Concordia University Wisconsin

November 14 - PCW Conference, Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc



June 7-9 - District Convention, Concordia University Wisconsin


November 12-13 - NWD/SWD Teachers' Conference, Kalahari Resort, WI Dells


Click on the link to
register for any of these events.  If the event is not open yet, we will communicate when it will be.

Passionate Believers...Confessing Christ!

Mark L'Heureux
Education Executive

Robin Mueller
Administrative Assistant

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